Academic Regalia

Academic Regalia for Graduate Students

This page contains information about the purchasing of the graduation hood, robe, and cap, known as ‘academic costume’ or ‘academic regalia’.


Georgetown Official Regalia at the GU Bookstore (Leavey Center)

2019 Grad Fair at the Bookstore
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Commencement Week Bookstore Hours
Monday – Friday, May 13 – 17, 2019   9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Please note: the Bookstore will not be open early enough on Thursday. May 16 (Doctoral Hooding Ceremony) or Friday, May 17, (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony) for you to purchase academic robes. Please make sure that you have your robes in hand no later than Wednesday, May 15 (Doctoral) or Thursday, May 16 (Masters).


All students participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony (on May 16th) and the Graduate School Commencement Ceremony (on May 17th) must wear the correct graduation regalia (cap, gown, hood) –  There are no exceptions.

There are five price levels for graduate-level academic regalia: 

  • ‘Elements’ (budget quality, Master’s / Doctoral); 
  • ‘Bristol’ (good quality,  Doctoral only);  
  • ‘Sussex’ (better quality, Doctoral only), and;
  • ‘Windsor / Georgetown Official’ (best quality, Doctoral only).

Each of these is discussed below.

‘Elements’ Style Regalia (Master’s and Doctoral)

The ‘Elements’ line of regalia is only available from the Georgetown University Bookstore in Leavey Center.  The Bookstore is open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 

      Ph.D. and Doctoral students: Please visit the Bookstore before May 15 to purchase and pickup your robes.

      Master’s students:  Please visit the Bookstore before May 16 to purchase and pick up your robes.

The ‘Elements’ regalia is the least expensive package of regalia customized for Georgetown University graduates. It consists of a black mortarboard style cap and tassel, a lightweight black gown with sleeves indicating graduate-level work, and an over-the-head hood with a velvet-like border indicating the degree awarded (see Hood Degree Color Chart, below)

The cost for the ‘Elements’ line of regalia is shown below:

  • ‘Elements’ style Master’s-level regalia package   approx. $99.00  
  • ‘Elements’ style Ph.D./Doctoral-level regalia package   approx. $124.00

Please note: the Bookstore will not be open early enough on Thursday. May 16 (Doctoral Hooding Ceremony) or Friday, May 17, (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony) for you to purchase academic robes. Please make sure that you have your robes in hand no later than Wednesday, May 15 (Doctoral) or Thursday, May 16 (Masters).

‘Fine-Quality’ Style Master’s Regalia (Master’s only)

The ‘Fine Quality’ style Master’s regalia is good quality regalia available only by special order online and take approx. 8 weeks for delivery. This is the moderate price range level of regalia customized for Georgetown University. These may be ordered through the Jostens website or from the Jostens Customer Service Center: 1-800-854-7464 and follow the prompts for Language (#) > College Products (4) > Ordering/Product Info (1) > Caps & Gowns (3).

  • ‘Fine Quality’ style Master’s-level regalia package    approx.  $349

‘Bristol’  Style Regalia (Doctoral)

The ‘Bristol’ style lines of good quality regalia are available only by special order online and take approx. 8 weeks for delivery. This is the lower-moderate price range level of regalia customized for Georgetown University. These may be ordered through the Jostens website or from the Jostens Customer Service Center: 1-800-854-7464 and follow the prompts for Language (#) > College Products (4) > Ordering/Product Info (1) > Caps & Gowns (3).

  • ‘Bristol’ style Ph.D./Doctoral-level regalia package    approx.  $399

‘Sussex’ Style Regalia (Doctoral)

The ‘Sussex’ lines of premium quality regalia are available only by special order online and take approx. 8 weeks for delivery. This is the upper-moderate price range level of regalia customized for Georgetown University. These may be ordered through the Jostens website or from the Jostens Customer Service Center: 1-800-854-7464 and follow the prompts for Language (#) > College Products (4) > Ordering/Product Info (1) > Caps & Gowns (3).

  • ‘Sussex’ style Ph.D./Doctoral-level regalia package   approx.  $539

‘Windsor’ Style Regalia (Doctoral) 

The ‘Windsor’ style is the highest quality (and most expensive) academic regalia option. The robe looks similar to the Doctoral ‘Sussex’ style regalia, but has more detailing and higher quality materials. These may be ordered through the Jostens website or from the Jostens Customer Service Center: 1-800-854-7464 and follow the prompts for Language (#) > College Products (4) > Ordering/Product Info (1) > Caps & Gowns (3).

  • ‘Windsor’ style Doctoral-level regalia package   approx.  $799  –  $1,200 

‘Official Georgetown University’ Regalia (Doctoral) 

The Official Georgetown University regalia is the highest quality (and most expensive) academic regalia option. It has extensive embroidery and stitching and is a durable, long-lasting formal regalia. It is worn by Georgetown University President, John DeGioia, and is available only by special order. It takes approx. 8 weeks for delivery. This regalia may not be ordered on the Jostens website.

This item should be discussed with a Jostens representative no later than early March via telephone at Jostens Customer Service Center: 1-800-854-7464 and follow the prompts for Language (#) > College Products (4) > Ordering/Product Info (1) > Caps & Gowns (3)

  • ‘Windsor Official Georgetown University’ Doctoral-level regalia package   approx.  $799  –  $1,200

Hood Lining – Degree Colors

Note: When ordering your regalia, especially via telephone, please use ONLY the following degree names to ensure that you get the correctly colored hood velvet and lining. For example, there is a difference in stating that you are getting a “Doctorate in Physics” versus correctly saying you are being awarded the “Doctor of Philosophy.”  All Georgetown graduate students are awarded only the following degrees (the specialty field, e.g., Physics, Government, Biochemistry, etc., is not part of the standardized graduate degree hood lining color).

Hood Lining Color According to Degree
Degree Hood Lining Color
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Royal Blue
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P) Apricot
Master of Arts (M.A.) White
Master of Sciences (M.S.) Gold
Master of Global Human Development (M.G.H.D.) White
Master of Policy Management (M.P.M.) Peacock Blue (Teal)
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) Peacock Blue (Teal)
Executive Master in Policy Management (E.M.P.M.) Peacock Blue (Teal)

Please note: the Bookstore will not be open early enough on Thursday. May 16 (Doctoral Hooding Ceremony) or Friday, May 17, (Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony) for you to purchase academic robes. Please make sure that you have your robes in hand no later than Wednesday, May 15 (Doctoral) or Thursday, May 16 (Masters).